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Proton Pump Inhibitors

Routine Acid Reflux Drug Use Linked to Kidney Problems

Routine use of proton pump inhibitors, common over-the-counter medications used to treat acid reflux, can increase the risk of kidney failure four-fold. Researchers examined health data on more than 190,000 patients over a 15-year period in a retrospective study. None of the patients had existing kidney disease at the start….

Spit Happens

Parents and pediatricians are increasingly giving PPIs to infants. But these acid-suppressors are linked to broken bones 5 years later. Try alternatives. We need to talk: Babies spit up. It happens. Unfortunately, too many parents, too soon, whisk their newborn off to the doctor in search of a solution. Not…

Acid Reflux Drugs Linked to Higher Risk of Death

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a type of medication widely used to treat acid reflux in the stomach, has been linked to a higher risk of death compared to another drug class also used to treat the condition. Researchers say their results indicate that use of PPIs should be curtailed and…

Heartburn Meds Use May Lead to Brain Function Loss, Bacterial Infection

Taking proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) to treat heartburn and acid reflux may cause loss of brain function and a bacterial infection in people with cirrhosis of the liver. Researchers in Denmark followed 895 patients with either cirrhosis or a condition known as ascites, which is fluid buildup in the abdomen. The…

OTC Heartburn Meds May Contribute to Weaker Bones

Using popular over-the-counter medications to treat heartburn, such as Nexium (esomeprazole) and Prilosec (omeprazole), may also lead to weaker bones. Researchers in Iran followed 80 patients over 2 years, half of whom used a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) daily. Those on a PPI were more likely to have osteoporosis in…

The Purple Pill Problem: PPIs and Serious Side Effects

For the 10 to 20 million Americans who experience GERD, commonly called acid reflux, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid, can relieve their symptoms  of heartburn, chest pain and a hoarse throat. Increasingly, however, studies and clinicians are warning about the serious side effects of long-term use…